Italian Baroque Organ Music Marks ‘Christmas at the Memorial Art Gallery’

December 4, 2007

More Information:
For Media Only: Helene Snihur (585-274-1057, hsnihur@esm.rochester.edu)
For The Public: 585/274-1110

Eastman School of Music students will present a concert of holiday fare on the Italian Baroque Organ in the Memorial Art Gallery at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.

“Christmas at the Memorial Art Gallery” will feature Buxtehude’s “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star” and Bach’s “In Dulci Jubilo” as well as the popular favorite “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” and a sing-along to “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”

Performing will be Randall Harlow, Annie Kaschube, and Christopher Petit. Harlow, who has studied in Canada, England, and Sweden, is a doctoral student whose recent international performances include cathedral recitals in England and the Festival of Organ and Chamber Music in Sochi, Russia. Kaschube, who is pursuing a Master of Music degree, won the National Religious Music Week and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts competitions this year and serves as organist at Webster Presbyterian Church. Petit, a doctoral student, is a recipient of Eastman’s Barnes Award for pipe organ performance, director of music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pittsford, and organist at the University of Rochester chapel.

Tickets to the Italian Baroque Organ Showcase Concert are $12 for the general public and $8 for students. They are available at the door one hour before the concert and are payable by cash or check.

The Italian Baroque Organ was built around 1770 in central Italy. Restored and installed in 2005 at the Memorial Art Gallery, the instrument is the only one of its kind in North America. More information on concerts is available online at www.esm.rochester.edu/concerts.

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Calendar listing:
Sunday, December 16
5:30 p.m.
Italian Baroque Organ Showcase Concert: “Christmas at the Memorial Art Gallery.” Eastman School of Music students Randall Harlow, Annie Kaschube, and Christopher Petit present music of Buxtehude, Bach, and the holiday season
Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave.
Tickets $12 general public/$8 students, available at the door one hour prior to the concert; cash or check only